Year Zero

28 June 2017
A troubled exit from Brazil left the brilliant 21-year-old benched and fed up in France, yet the season ended with him in magical form and heading to the World Cup
Frank Lampard, Chelsea
22 June 2017
Three years after an £11m move from West Ham, Lampard was a fine midfielder but yet to prove himself a special one. Then a new gaffer swaggered into Chelsea...
Thierry Henry
14 June 2017
His slow start at Highbury is well known, but less so is just how close a doubt-riddled 22-year-old came to giving up on himself. By this season’s end, the only people throwing in the towel were opposition defenders
Ronaldo Barcelona
7 June 2017
How do you score 40 goals in 46 games, deliver major silverware and still end up disliked by all of those around you? Suffice to say, the brilliant Brazilian forward packed a lot into his solitary season at the Camp Nou
Cristiano Ronaldo
31 May 2017
He was branded a showpony, then a pariah, as his future at Old Trafford looked to be on the rocks. But in 2006, Cristiano Ronaldo strapped a rocket launcher to his career
Gareth Bale
25 May 2017
Ten years ago today, Spurs signed a 17-year-old Bale from Southampton. Fast-forward three seasons and he had narrowly escaped a move back to the Championship before this campaign that changed everything
Eric Cantona
17 May 2017
Hounded out of France as a troublemaker, distrusted by his manager at Leeds, the 26-year-old Cantona signed for Manchester United for £1.2m – and became a legend
10 May 2017
From an unknown kid suffering relegation to the hottest young striker in Europe: how the 2002/03 season changed the life of this young Spaniard forever
Zinedine Zidane
3 May 2017
When a 24-year-old French Euro 96 flop arrived at Juventus, he was quickly branded a waste of money. The course of that season changed everything
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